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South African Air Force Gripen will participate with a flying display at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014, an exhibition of air, land and sea technologies next week.

The airshow, which is to be held at AFB Waterkloof, Centurion in the City of Tshwane, South Africa, would have air demonstrations, mobility track demonstrations, parachute drops and aerobatic and static displays of fighter aircraft from various countries.

A Youth Development Programme (YDP) forms an integral component of the AAD show, as a part of which, children and youth will get to interact with people in the aviation sector and participate in other YDP activities at AAD 2014. The programme aims to create awareness about careers in the defence and aviation sectors. 

The airshow would be open to trade visitors between 17 and 19 September and to general public on 20 and 21 September. 

Know more about the event here.

​RTAF Wing Commander Chareon “Tonic” Watanasrimongkol, who has the experience of participating in Pitch Black exercise for a long time now, talks about his experiences and the objective of the exercise. 

Exercise Pitch Black 2014, the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise, was held in the Northern Territory from 1-22 August 2014.​

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In an important step to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Defence Ministry of Brazil and Sweden have signed a technical Memorandum of Understanding on partnership in the field of military aeronautics, reports Defesanet.

The MoU has been designed to build enhanced cooperation on access and use of fields and test facilities, support in the Gripen aircraft user group, training and expertise of pilots and technicians and assistance for certification and quality assurance.

The agreement was signed by the Chief of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA), General Jose Carlos De Nardi, and Deputy Minister of Defence of Sweden, Carl von der Esch.

“This is a big step in the cooperation between our countries. The agreement was eagerly awaited by Brazilians, especially Brazilians in the Air Force," said General Nardi.

Read the full story: BRASIL E SUÉCIA ASSINAM MEMORANDO DE COOPERAÇÃO EM AERONÁUTICA MILITAR

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The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden have signed a letter of intent agreeing to co-operate on using the Saab Gripen fighter, reports Flightglobal.

“Today's signing will lay the foundation for bilateral co-operation around a common airspace surveillance of Slovakia and the Czech Republic,” a translation of a statement from the Swedish defence ministry on 30 August said.

According to the report, signing of the letter of intent by Slovakia paves the way for a potential Slovakian acquisition of the Gripen fighter aircraft.

Slovakia is looking forward to replace its aging fleet of ten Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29AS (single-seat) and two MiG-29UBS (two-seat) fighter aircraft in the next few years and it is believed it may look to lease the Gripen, like its regional counterparts Hungary and the Czech Republic.

An earlier news report in IHS Jane’s​ quoted Slovak National Armament Office Director Róbert Tibenský saying that Slovakia will seek to emulate the neighboring Czech Republic and Hungary and lease a new type of combat aircraft to prevent a gap in its supersonic fighter capability.

Since January 2014, Slovakia is in discussions with the Swedish Government regarding leasing Gripen C/D. However, as per the report,  there will be an open competition and therefore nothing is final yet.

Read the full story: Slovakia creeps closer to Gripen agreement

It took several months of preparation to conduct this one and a half hour photographic mission successfully. The video shows Czech Air Force aircraft Gripen, L-159 Alca and L-39 Albatros in an air to air formation for the mission.

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On 4 September 2014, Gripen 39210 became the first 39-C version to complete 2000 flight hours. The aircraft belongs to the Swedish Air Force wing F17. This September, F17 also celebrates its tenth anniversary of flying Gripen C/D.

Read more here​.

Image Courtesy: Blekinge Flygflottilj

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A delegation from the Ministry of Defence of Sweden visited the aircraft carrier São Paulo in Brazil as a part of a recent trip, reports Defesanet.

The delegation was in Brazil to meet members of the Ministry of Defense to discuss comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense.

The group, led by Commander, Captain-de-Mar-e-Guerra Rabello Alexandre de Faria, took a tour of the ship following which it attended a seminar with the theme ‘The Brazilian Naval Aviation – Current Situation and future prospects’.

As per the report, it was also discussed in the meeting that if Saab develops a naval version of the Gripen aircraft, it would be providing a good option for Brazil which is looking to replace its AF-1 aircraft.

Read the full story:  SEA GRIPEN - SUECOS VISITAM O A-12 SÃO PAULO

Image Courtesy:Brazil Navy

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Gripen is the first combat fighter aircraft system in the world to be integrated with an operational Meteor capability. This year, Saab conducted the last major trials task required to clear the new missile for operational service on the Gripen C/D multi-role fighter. Full Meteor capability will be delivered as part of Gripen’s latest MS20 (Materiel System 20) combat systems update for the Swedish Air Force.

A report in Medium.com outlines the features of what it calls the best air to air missile in the world.

The missile’s ramjet propulsion system gives Meteor its high-speed performance and the energy to defeat fast, moving targets at long range.

The ramjet powerplant means that the Meteor is an air-breathing air-to-air munition—the first to enter service. Thanks to its efficient ramjet motor, the Meteor is a true very-long-range missile, a class that, since the retirement of the Phoenix-and-F-14 combination, is entirely absent from the U.S. military, the report says.

It is not just the reach of the missile which is critical. End game performance - the ability of a missile to muster up enough energy at the end of its flightpath to battle a maneuvering target that is doing all it can to shake off the homing missile is equally important.

According to the manufacturer, in a head-on engagement the Meteor provides a no-escape zone (the area in which an enemy aircraft will not be able to use pure agility to evade a missile) three times greater than that of a convention

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Czech Air Force Gripen which were displayed at SIAF 2014 this weekend have a jam packed September as they are all set to participate in Czech International Air Fest (CIAF) 2014 and NATO Days In Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days as well.

Over 30 aircraft will be on static and dynamic display at the 21st anniversary of the Czech International Air Fest. The event will be held at Hradec Králové airport on 6 and 7 September. There would be seven hours of flight program on both days.

One of the largest events of its kind in Czech Republic and Central Europe, ‘NATO Days in Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days’ will be held on 20 and 21 September this year. It would be organized at Ostrava Leos Janacek Airport and would include static aircraft displays, flying displays, in-flight fuel refueling exercises, exhibitions and a wide range of air and land defence equipment used by NATO member countries.

Both SIAF 2014 and NATO Days In Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days are considered as very significant event in Czech Republic and last year, they were both launched with a rare flight formation in which Czech Republic’s Gripen and combat aircraft L-159 Alca flew with MiG-29 and training aircraft L-39 Albatros of the Slovak Air Force. 

Image Courtesy:Czech Army Website​

​Financial Times’s Carola Hoyos used to think that the movie Top Gun had influenced the way fighter aircraft pilots stride towards their aircraft, that their gait is a result of watching the movie too many times. 

When she recently test flew Gripen with Saab’s chief test pilot Hans Einerth, she realized that clearly, there were things that Tom Cruise did not tell.

There really is no other way to move in a G-suit, for the air cavities that run down each leg force the wearer to widen his – or her – gait. Add the helmet, whose oxygen mask makes carrying it anywhere other than wedged between hip and armpit almost impossible, and the Tom Cruise impersonation is complete, she says.

Carola also realizes that It took almost an hour to get dressed for the ride – six times longer than the 10 minutes it takes the Gripen to fly the 150km from Linköping to reach its training area above the Baltic sea.

“Putting on the heavy g suit and testing the oxygen mask brings home like nothing else the dangers involved in putting your body through forces it was never designed to withstand in a plane that has not undergone the safety tests all commercial jets require,” she says.

Chief test pilot Hans Einerth, however assures her that he can fly so calmly that she would think she is sitting on a sofa.

As the duo flies faster than the speed of sound, Carola is in for a surprise ...

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